Treats for Mom or Dad or Anyone Who Loves Sweets: Cake Jar Nation & Ethel M Chocolates!

Need a great gift for Mother’s Day? How about an anniversary or a birthday? You need to check out the two brands I am featuring since these gifts are food: Cake Jars and Ethel M Chocolates.

Disclosure: I was provided a sample of the Cake Jars and Ethel M Chocolates for review purposes. After all, I can’t tell you it’s a fabulous and “Must buy and try” gift if I haven’t tried it! The samples in no way affect my opinion of the product other than it allows me to authentically review them. is an offshoot of Jar Bar, the baby of one very creative woman who wanted to take her life in different direction!

Jar Bar is a healthy, fast-casual concept with handcrafted eats. The 30-seat restaurant features fresh, nutrient-dense meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an energetic, urban atmosphere. Jar Bar was founded by former television producer and lifestyle expert Karen Firsel, along with her husband, commercial real estate developer Adam Firsel.


Here’s what Karen told me:

Last year, I founded my own restaurant brand in Chicago—Jar Bar. One of our signature items, our Cake Jars, were an instant hit & so I created a side brand to ship our Cake Jars nationally. They are an awesome idea for Rock Star Moms, Foodie Moms, Fashionable / On Trend Moms…I mean, any Mom who loves Cake! We are getting a lot of traction for Pride too. The Cake Jars are delish, conversation starters, are way better than flowers (duh!) and whoever sends them becomes an instant hero-gift-giver.




While Jar Bar restaurant serves all kinds of food, is a way that anyone from around the country can serve or gift these incredible Cake Jars.




Chocolate Cake Jar: 6 layers of rich light-as-air cake with decadent chocolate buttercream.

Rainbow Cake Jar: 6 layers of fluffy vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream.




Karen Firsel was very generous and sent me a box of 3 cake jars to test drive- 2 rainbow and 1 chocolate. When served chilled they are a divine treat on warm days- particularly what we in So. California have been experiencing quite a bit lately. The rainbow one is sure to be a hit with little kids and big kids (adults) alike. The concept is perfect for a family reunion, a party or as a gift you sent across the country for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation or for anyone who you know that loves sweet treats.

These cakes are very tender and Firsel doesn’t skimp on frosting or embellishments. The frosting is sweet and the cake is moist! I think this would make a great anniversary present, any holiday celebration or gathering. If you send an order to someone, they will rave about it to their friends because the presentation is so unique. You will be a gift-giving hero for sure!


All pricing and info is on our website Cake Jars are sold in groups of 6 ($39) or 12 jars($78). You can choose your assortment on the website. They ship all over the continental US.


Thanks to Karen Firsel for these great little jars. They are sooooo darn cute. And they taste good too!

Ethel M Chocolates!



Your mom has always given you the best. Why not give her the best this Mother’s Day? Ethel M’s chocolates are made from the all-natural recipes created by Forrest Mars’ (Mars Inc.) mom, Ethel, dating back to 1910! These handmade treats are crafted with care in small batches, preservative free, and made to order!

Ethel M Chocolates are well-known across the mid-west and the east coast. I have rarely gotten to try an Ethel M (I think once before I got a cute little 4 pack sampler from a celebrity event I went to about 9 years ago. I remember tucking the little box into my desk drawer so that my husband didn’t eat them all.

One of the cool things about Ethel M is that they seasonal collections in a tin. These make gorgeous gifts because the presentation is so darn pretty – but even more important, the chocolates are to die for!



“You know the pieces. They are 16 of our best and favorite. From caramels to nuts to satin cremes to peanut butter. But you’ve never seen this tin. And it won’t be back again. Get it while it’s Spring!”

And Ethel M doesn’t slouch on these collections. The presentation is just as it appears above.   I was sent one so that I could talk about this great chocolate brand.



Disclosure: I was sent the Seasonal Spring Collection from Ethel M.  Trying the candy and seeing the packaging means I can tell you how great the collection looks — and how incredibly -(almost sinfully)- delicious these chocolates are.


This tin is sealed with plastic over the chocolates so that they are in as close to pristine condition as possible. The tin is very sturdy and  it close nicely with a bit of a snap.   The chocolates are a mix of milk chocolate and dark chocolate individual candies. The mix is done so that if you have a dark chocolate soft center with raspberry satin filling, there will be a milk chocolate version of the same candy.     If you want to see the candies to get a better sense of how it looks, visit Ethel M’s website here and mouse-over the photo and an amplified view will pop up for you to look at.




The great part about Ethel M’s Signature Collection is that there is a photo chart on the bottom of the tin  with photos of each candy type inside and a description of what’s inside each candy.  You can easily remove the liner holding the candies and flip the bottom over so you can choose your favorites (or eliminate ones you don’t want to eat).




It’s been a long time since I had chocolates that were this “sinfully good”. I am a real chocoholic. I love chocolate. I know good chocolate. I have been writing about chocolate for almost 10 years.  This is REALLY good chocolate. The chocolate flavor burst when I first bite into a  piece is a swooning experience. The brand knows what it’s doing. I hope it never changes the quality since it’s impeccable.   This is a great gift to give mom, dad,  grandmother, best friend- anyone. It’s really a rich taste chocolate that they will love to eat (or maybe devour is a more accurate term).

Thank you Ethel M Chocolates for the most amazing “chocolate experience” I have had in a long time.   This brand and its quality- and this specific box -won’t be forgotten! (And as an FYI, I have about 4 pieces left in the box. I am hiding it in an outside refrigerator for those “chocolate moments”.)

This Spring Collection is $29.99. Order now-0r use the site to find the store nearest you to buy it immediately. Find the location nearest to you here:


Whether for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other gift-giving occasion (even a gift for yourself) Cake Jar Nation and  Ethel M both offer great value for your dollar and an amazing foodie experience!!


Stevie Wilson,




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